October 11, 2012 — Literary Death Match's return to Litquake was a riot on repeat, a brilliant night at Beatbox, celebrating Simon Rich's brilliant new novel What in God's Name, that ended with Team Simon Rich toppling Team Tim "Toaster" Henderson in a hotly contested Name that Literary Tune matchup by a final score of 8-6 to win Rich the Literary Death Match Litquake crown.
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September 8, 2012 — On an ideal Bay Area night, an overflowing crowd packed into Elbo Room for a very special Literary Death Match, and what began with a soft-spoken motherly tribute ended in wild, sudden death fashion, as Colin Winnette outlasted Charles Warnke in a best-of-3 Literary Olympiad to win Winnette the Literary Death Match SF, Ep. 47 title.
July 21, 2012 — On a sun-drenched Saturday in San Francisco, Literary Death Match discovered that Saturday night was, indeed, alright for fighting, luring a raucous crowd into Elbo Room to witness a wonderful mix of literary sparring that concluded with Mariama Lockington outdueling Siamak Vossoughi in a wild Book Olympics finale to win her the LDM SF, Ep. 46 crown.
May 11, 2012 — Before a wonderfully wild Elbo Room crowd, Literary Death Match SF — presented by Paul's Hat Works — stormed to its record-setting 45th episode in San Francisco, with a delight-filled night that concluded with Team Michael David Lukas scoring a come-from-behind win against Team Sarah Marie Griffin in a mis-named Book Jenga finale by a final score of 8-7, winning Lukas the Literary Death Match crown.
April 25, 2012 — In a whizbang, book-knockdown affair, the Literary Death Match's triumphant return to the Elbo Room — presented by Mission at 10th Magazine — set the stage aflame with literary and comedic mastermindery, as Joe Quirk out-bowled co-finalist Carolyn Cooke by a narrower-than-it-seems score of 15-9 to win the LDM SF, Ep. 44 crown!
February 24, 2012 — Beatdown at the Beatbox! LDM SF, Ep. 43 came to a roaring crescendo as Devorah Major (San Francisco's own poet laureate) snatched the tie-breaking point from Madonna uber-fan/essayist Laura Barcella in a down-to-the-mat round of Literary Pictionary. The "Grapes of Wrath" never tasted so sweet!
October 13, 2011 — The special Litquake edition of the Literary Death Match stunned the standing-room-only crowd when Simon Rich's bag of silly string outweighed John Butler's by an axis-shifting 2.5 grams! That's less than a tenth of an ounce, in case you failed the Metric System in high school.
September 8, 2011 — In a northwest literary love-in, it was Live Wire's Scott Poole's elastic mouth that led him to a narrow and momentous victory over fellow co-finalist Fiona McCann in a battle to consume giant marshmallows while pronouncing giant words. It will go down in PDX literary history as the sweetest duel of all time.